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Editor's note

Nearing the halfway mark in 2018 the Office of Research is experiencing a concentration of new research and debate on social protection in emergencies with a major global research workshop, publication of seven working papers representing cutting edge evidence in this expanding sector, as well as on ethical consideration in using new technologies to generate evidence for children. In addition, a new episode of Research Watch dedicated to social protection in humanitarian contexts highlights findings and research gaps through the commentary of six recognized experts. Our 2017 Results Report offers an excellent single volume to scan all major impacts and results from last year. A new report on the importance of family policy in achieving SDGs sheds light on how families contribute to social progress. Our Transfer Project team provides further evidence on the potential for cash plus programmes to improve youth well-being. Finally, our Child Welfare Mega Gap Map, produced in partnership with the Campbell Collaboration, is a new tool linked to the five key goals of UNICEF’s new Strategic Plan (2018-2021). Blogs from our researchers continue to offer important research insights. We hope you enjoy this quarterly round-up of the latest research and related events at UNICEF Innocenti. Please share our newsletter and let us know what we can do better.


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What are the ethical implications of using new technologies to generate evidence for children?

Two new discussion papers written collaboratively with UNICEF’s Office of Innovation, highlight the advantages and risks of using these technologies to gather data about children and provide useful guidance for researchers on the questions they should be asking in order to protect children’s rights.

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Is cash the answer in contexts of fragility and forced displacement?

Seven working papers on social protection in fragile and humanitarian settings provide evidence to answer questions related not only to the effectiveness of various interventions in diverse settings, but also speak to program design, policy, implementation and evaluation.  

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Are families the secret to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals?
Evidence across six SDGs shows that family-focused interventions are often positively evaluated. However, there is no ‘silver bullet’ in family policy or programme design. A team of family policy experts analyses how these policies are being used to meet the SDGs.
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Making cash go further: the transformative power of cash plus programmes
Two new reports from Cash transfers team: Tanzania Youth Study of the Productive Social Safety Net, on the effects of Tanzania’s cash transfer programme; A Cash Plus Model for Safe Transitions to a healthy and Productive Adulthood, establishes baseline findings required for conducting a 24 month impact evaluation of Tanzania’s current ‘cash plus’ programme.
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Handbook on adolescent development research published
Despite huge gains in child well-being during the MDG era, progress for adolescents is still lagging. The volume tackles both the challenges and the promise of adolescence by presenting recent research on social, emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and physical development.
Parenting, Family Care and Adolescence in East and Southern Africa: An evidence-focused literature review
How effective is parenting support in reducing violence?
A recent Innocenti study describes the perceptions and experiences of the parenting programme facilitators in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The publication forms part of a suite of papers emanating from an exploration of the effectiveness and scalability of a parenting programme in South Africa.


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Evidence for Children Roundtable
The MegaMap on Child Welfare in Developing Countries linked to the five key goals of UNICEF’s new Strategic Plan (2018-2021) has been launched by the Innocenti Research Facilitation Team. It was produced in partnership with the Campbell Collaboration and it is based on the  Evidence and Gap Map (EGM) methodology.
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Impact of our research for children in 2017
The conclusion of UNICEF’s 2014–2017 Strategic Plan and accompanying Office of Research – Innocenti Programme provides an excellent moment to reflect on the impact and influence of our work over this period. Read UNICEF Innocenti Director Sarah Cook’s foreword to our 2017 Results Report.
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Cutting edge research on social protection in contexts of fragility and forced displacement
An international workshop at UNICEF Innocenti brought together researchers and policy makers working on social protection in settings of humanitarian emergency. The workshop, jointly organized with UNICEF's Social Inclusion section in New York, took place on 7 and 8 June.
Refugee family arriving in Mosul, Iraq
Social Protection in Emergency Situations. New Research Watch edition
Three short videos highlight the lack of knowledge and the critical role of research in bridging the gaps between humanitarian and development work. Six interviews with well known experts form the basis of this new edition of UNICEF Innocenti's Research Watch Social Protection in Emergency Situations.
South Sudanese Gedain Galwak, 8, smiles as he waits in line for the water to be turned on in the morning, in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Bentiu, South Sudan
Second Global Meeting on Children on the Move
Our Bina D’Costa, leading the Innocenti research on Children and Migration, contributed to the second day session dedicated to data and evidence on migrant and forcibly displaced children. Read her recent interview Why research should be a priority in the global response to the child migration crisis.
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Can you measure the value of sport?

UNICEF Innocenti’s new research project on S4D – supported by the Barça Foundation – aims to build a reliable and consistent evidence base not only to help strengthen evidence on the impact of S4D initiatives, but also to facilitate cross-national learning, and to reinvigorate sport as a development intervention.





12-13 - Digitize/Direct/Design expert workshop

16-17- National Committees meeting (small group) on the Innocenti Report Card series

19-20 - Participatory research with hard to reach and marginalized adolescents, Oxford Child Rights Group Meeting



17-21 - Public Finance for Children Learning Programme (organized by UNICEF DRP NY)

24-28 - Public Finance for Children Learning Programme (organized by UNICEF DRP NY)